MBA Names Finalists for 2020 Young Bankers Leadership Award

The Young Bankers Leadership Award recognizes outstanding achievement of a Missouri banker age 45 or younger who is employed by an MBA-member bank. The winner, chosen by a selection committee of bank leaders, will be honored by MBA this fall. The following nominees illustrate how both learning and leadership contribute to their growing success.

Teri Cantwell, Central Bank of the Ozarks, SpringfieldTeri Cantwell
Vice President of Human Resources
Central Bank of the Ozarks, Springfield

Goals have been part of Teri Cantwell’s vocabulary since she was 5 years old. Following a stairstep approach of specific actions led Cantwell to compete in the track and field events at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and she is using that same approach to achieve her career goals.

With her expertise in human resources, Cantwell has streamlined the hiring process for Central Bank of the Ozarks. She has implemented a powerful recruiting strategy and began a diversity scholarship to retain employees. Cantwell oversees the bank’s program for leadership development. This program includes a day spent at the Missouri Bankers Association, where the bank’s emerging leaders learn about the association, legislative advocacy and how they can be involved with MBA.

Cantwell, a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, has set her sights on becoming SHRM-SCP certified. She is currently enrolled in preparatory courses to take the 2021 SHRM-SCP certification exam. Once completed, Cantwell will then enroll in a banking school. She earned her bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and master’s from Williams Woods University in Fulton.

She currently volunteers as a coach for the Nixa High School track and field teams. Cantwell assists with career services at multiple high schools and colleges.

John Hedgpeth, Ozark BankJohn Hedgpeth
Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Ozark Bank

With nearly a decade of banking experience, John Hedgpeth continuously seeks to improve his professional skills so he can provide the best community banking service to his customers.

Hedgpeth, the chief financial officer for Ozark Bank, manages the bank’s financial oversight and investment portfolio. He develops long-range goals, strategies, profit forecasts, plans and policies for the bank. Before joining Ozark Bank in 2016, Hedgpeth was a bank examiner for the Missouri Division of Finance. During his tenure, he served as examiner-in-charge and operations manager of financial institutions with assets ranging from $30 million to greater than $1 billion.

A graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia, Hedgpeth is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is the bank’s representative for MBA’s Strikeforce Grassroots Team.

Hedgpeth is a founding member of the Ozark Optimist Club and a board member and current treasurer of the Ozark Rotary Club. Hedgpeth is a member of the Ozarks Main Street Historic River District, whose mission is to build community, celebrate history and promote economic vitality in downtown Ozark. He volunteers for Care to Learn, a local nonprofit that provides children and their families with health and hygiene products, school supplies and food throughout the year.

Sarah Moreau, Central Bank of Boone County, ColumbiaSarah Moreau
Assistant Vice President, Community Outreach Officer – ProsperU Director
Central Bank of Boone County, Columbia

Launching a brand new program from the ground up may intimidate some. For Sarah Moreau, it’s just a natural fit. 

Moreau has spent her entire banking career — 14 years — with Central Bank of Boone County in Columbia. She joined the bank while attending college and found that community banking was a great fit for her. In March 2019, the bank named Moreau to create a financial education program focused on reaching low- to moderate-income families.

Launched in June 2019, ProsperU helps individuals and businesses learn how to build a successful financial life. In its first year, ProsperU had more than 2,600 participants in more than 140 classes/presentations, with 45% identifying as low to moderate income. When the COVID-19 pandemic canceled in-person classes, Moreau moved her classes online and kept on teaching. In addition, she provided more than 70 one-on-one financial counseling sessions, helping to put individuals on a better financial foundation. Moreau has partnered with numerous local organizations and nonprofits in Columbia to position financial education at the forefront of the community.

Moreau received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia College. She attended MBA’s School of Bank Management and currently serves on MBA’s Board of Trustees for Banking Education. Moreau is a nationally certified credit counselor through the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors.

Renee Vogelgesang, First State Bank of St. CharlesRenee Vogelgesang
Vice President, Risk Management and Loan Administration
First State Bank of St. Charles

PPP — those three letters became part of the banking lexicon in 2020. At First State Bank of St. Charles, Renee Vogelgesang provided strong leadership to rollout the Paycheck Protection Program to provide much needed support to customers during a time of great need. Her vast banking experience and leadership provided the foundation required to lead this historic work.

Vogelgesang began her banking career as a teller and financial services representative in 1999. Throughout the next two decades, she achieved promotions and new responsibilities as her banking expertise grew. Today, Vogelgesang oversees and provides leadership to both the commercial loan administration and the compliance departments. She is responsible for managing and identifying risks and for managing credit quality within the commercial loan portfolio, as well as oversight of policy and regulatory compliance.

A trusted leader who others turn to for direction and support, Vogelgesang is an excellent administrator offering support and encouraging employees to improve their professional knowledge. She recognizes the importance of leading a positive work environment and has created avenues for employee recognition to support employee morale and success.

A graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Vogelgesang is currently enrolled in MBA’s Banking Leadership Missouri and serves on the Young Bankers Leadership Board of Directors. She serves on the advisory council for The Child Center.